What is Group Counseling?
Group Counseling can be a very helpful and powerful tool in addressing student concerns. A group can offer an environment where students can increase self-understanding, enhance personal relationships and try out new behaviors while receiving feedback and support from peers experiencing similar concerns. Groups generally consist of 4-10 members and meet on a weekly basis. An appointment with the group facilitator is necessary before becoming a member of any counseling group. To schedule group counseling, come by or call the Counseling Center.
Specific group topics and types of groups vary each semester. Below is a list of groups that were offered during the previous semester, but other group topics that may be offered in the future, include LGBT support, healthy relationships, social confidence and many other helpful topics. Visit this page again, call us, or stop by the Counseling Center at the start of each semester to learn more about the groups that will be offered each semester.
Groups offered during previous semesters:
FACING THE FEAR GROUP
Need to overcome symptoms of anxiety and panic? Join us to learn ways to manage panic and worry. Our focus is on building skills to help you cope with anxiety while receiving support from peers who experience similar challenges.
LGBT SUPPORT GROUP
Looking for an opportunity to share and discuss your unique experiences and challenges as a member of the LGBTQIA community in a safe and welcoming environment? The mission of the LGBT Support Group is to create a safe place for peers to come together and provide support and feedback to others who may share similar experiences. The group topics and discussions are decided by its members with input from facilitators, making it truly a one of a kind, collaborative experience. New members are welcome throughout the semester. Take advantage of this opportunity and schedule a pre-group screening today!
Need to learn better ways to manage your stress? The goal of this group is to introduce mindfulness techniques that you can apply to your everyday life. Mindfulness is a practice that will help bring your awareness to the present moment. This group will teach mindfulness techniques that will help you to manage stress, cope with anxiety, and improve your overall emotional and physical well-being. If you want to practice self-care and learn healthy relaxation techniques, then this is the group for you!
SEXUAL ASSAULT RECOVERY GROUP
Sexual assault is a serious crime that can impact a survivor's physical, mental, social, and academic well-being. This is a group for female students who are sexual assault survivors. Group members will be able to share their experiences and feelings in an understanding and accepting environment. Goals of the group are to help members express feelings, reduce guilt and self-blame, develop positive coping strategies, strengthen self-esteem, and increase members’ sense of empowerment. This group will meet weekly during the spring semester and pre-screening is required.
SISTER TO SISTER GROUP
Interested in sharing your experience as an African-American woman? This group is tailored to address the needs and issues salient to African American/Black women in the college environment. This group setting is designed to provide information and encourage supportive dialogue among African American female students. Participants will receive information about options for coping and have an opportunity to discuss their shared experiences as African American women as they seek to obtain educational success while maintaining good emotional health.
UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OTHERS GROUP
This group is designed to serve as a safe and supportive “social laboratory” within which students can work toward practicing honest and direct communication and exploration of interpersonal dynamics. The group will provide students with a place to take risks and try out new behaviors, such as being assertive or expressing difficult feelings. Group members will share, learn, and improve together with their fellow students in a small group setting.
Groups generally consist of 4-10 members and meet on a weekly basis. If you are interested in attending or learning more about any of our groups, please stop by the counseling center or call us at 936.296.1720. An appointment with the group facilitator is necessary before becoming a member of any group. All groups are led by professional counselors who will lead the group and ensure confidential and safe atmosphere is achieved.
Sam Houston Counseling Center
Box 2059 | Huntsville, TX 77341-2059 |Phone: 936.294.1720 |Fax: 936.294.2639